No-bake Chocolate Cherry Breakfast Bars


I never have time for breakfast! These bars are a great on-the-go alternative and the kids love them in their lunch boxes.  I usually use gluten free oats and vegan chocolate so they are allergy-friendly for my daughter.


  • 2/3 cup unsalted natural peanut butter or your favorite nut/seed butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (or you can use honey or coconut sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • ½ – 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped dried cherries (you can swap this for your favourite dried fruit – dates are delicious!)
  • 1/3 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Line a 20cmx20cm square tin with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Plop your peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil into a large pot and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Keep stirring, so it doesn’t burn! 
  3. Turn the heat down to a simmer and stir for a couple of minutes – till it’s nice and thick.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla essence and salt.
  5. Fold in your two kinds of oats, your nuts, and dried fruit.  
  6. The mix should have cooled a little by now, so throw in your chocolate chips and stir.
  7. Press mixture into your prepared tin and pop in the freezer for about an hour.  Then you can slice into bars.
  8. Keep the bars in the fridge or you can store in an airtight container in the freezer.

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